2013 World Champion, Marc Marquez, has started the defence of his title in the perfect way; with a victory in the first race of the season. His teammate, Dani Pedrosa, completed a double podium for the Repsol Honda team with his 3rd place finish.

It was a dramatic race with pole sitter Marc – the only rider to use the hard rear option tyre today – slipping back to 4th by the first turn and Dani, who started in 6th, dropping a spot to 7th. However, Marc started to settle in and made up a position before Jorge Lorenzo made an uncharacteristic mistake and crashed out, thus promoting the Repsol Honda duo a position each. Marc battled with Gresini Honda rider, Alvaro Bautista, for a few laps before passing him but then lost a position to Valentino Rossi. The two riders then began to chase down race leader, LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl.

Dani also began to make progress and when race leader Bradl crashed out on lap nine, both riders were once again promoted a position, into 2nd and 4th respectively. The following lap, Dani passed Bradley Smith to take 3rd and then went after Marc and race leader Valentino Rossi. With some fantastic close racing, Marc finally made a move on Rossi on lap fourteen and led the race for the first time. Dani was still in a battle for 3rd with Bautista, with the two of them trading positions. Then on lap twenty-one – the penultimate lap – Marc and Rossi began to push for the win, passing each other on four occasions, Marc finally came out on top to take the victory and his first win since Aragon last year. With Bautista crashing out, the battle was over for Dani who celebrated third, taking the final spot on the podium.

This first victory of the season marks Honda’s 250th in MotoGP, making them the first manufacturer to reach the milestone of 250 wins in the premier class of Grand Prix racing.

Marc Marquez

"I'm very happy with the result today. The 25 points are important but it’s also been an important race, because I was coming back from an injury that caused me to miss most of the pre-season. Also, this weekend there were a lot of riders up at the front, all with a great pace, and seeing how the race went, this win is a big one. The battle with Valentino was the best part of the race besides the win, I really enjoyed it!"

Dani Pedrosa

"Third place is a positive result. We've finished on the podium this weekend at a circuit that’s difficult for me, because it isn't well suited to my style. So it's a good way to start. We were close, but with the way the race went - with so many crashes - it was important to finish. So from here on in we will try to keep improving and try to fight for the win at the next race!"

MotoGP 2014
Race Round 1   Qatar

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 42'40.561
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.259
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda +3.370
4 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 13 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +11.623
5 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 11 Ducati Team Ducati +12.159
6 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 10 Ducati Team Ducati +28.526
7 Redding Scott 45 GBR 9 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda +32.593
9 Edwards Colin 5 USA 7 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +39.547
10 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 6 Pramac Racing Ducati +43.360
11 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN 5 Aspar Team Honda +46.595
12 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 4 Pramac Racing Ducati +46.688
13 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 3 AB Motoracing Honda +50.581
14 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 2 Octo IodaRacing Team ART +1'03.127
15 Parkes Broc 23 AUS 1 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'14.386
16 Laverty Michael 70 GBR 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'32.593
17 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA 0 Avintia Racing Avintia +1'36.085
18 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda DNF
19 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha DNF
20 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha DNF
21 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 0 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda DNF
22 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 0 Ducati Team Ducati DNF
23 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 0 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha DNF
Location Information

The fabulous Losail International Circuit lies on the outskirts of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. Built in little over a year, the track cost $58 million USD and required round-the-clock dedication from almost 1,000 workers in order to get it ready for the inaugural event – the Marlboro Grand… read more.

Length 5.380 kilometres / 3.343 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 10
Longest straight 1.068 kilometres / 0.664 miles
Constructed 2004

Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps

www.circuitlosail.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 53.927s (170.003km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2008)
Race Lap 1m 54.927s (168.5 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Time 42m28.452 42s (167.1km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2016 Race Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)